Adrienne Clair

Litigation and Insurance Defense
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
1775 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 585-6919

Adrienne represents her clients in proceedings to enforce the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC's) rules for open access transmission service, formation and operation of regional transmission organizations, and proceedings on natural gas pipeline rates.

She is a strong advocate on behalf of her clients on electric and natural gas pipeline matters before the FERC.

With 20 years of experience, Adrienne has also assisted clients in compliance matters, including enforcement actions and auditing existing compliance programs.

Representative Matters

Represents generation and transmission cooperative utilities in the PJM Interconnection, LLC, and Southwest Power Pool regions, including capacity market design and accommodation of load-serving entities, litigation regarding formula rates, transmission service issues, general electric and natural gas rate proceedings and general rulemaking proceedings before the FERC

Successfully litigated proceedings regarding a corporate reorganization under Federal Power Act Section 203

Represents a municipal utility in natural gas pipeline rate and tariff proceedings before the FERC

Represents trade associations for municipal and cooperative utilities in select rulemaking and market design proceedings before the FERC

Represented a municipal utility in protecting the interest of end-use customers before the FERC in proceedings regarding the electricity crisis in the Western United States

On behalf of transmission-dependent municipal and cooperative utilities, participated in rulemaking proceedings including drafting the Large Generator Interconnection Agreement and Procedures for the FERC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Represented the Office of the People's Counsel of the District of Columbia in a proceeding regarding recovery of smart grid meter installation costs


“Trends in Transmission Policies and Rates: Up, Up and Away?” NRECA G&T Legal Seminar November 2016

"Getting to Point B: Trends in Federal Transmission Policy and Rates, and Drivers of the Transmission Boom"; G&T Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference June 2016

Panelist, "Keeping the Lights On: Challenges Facing the Energy Industry"; International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation Fall Conference, September 2015

"The Impact of EPSA v. FERC on Demand Response and FERC-State Jurisdiction"; APPA Legal Seminar, October 2014

"How Changes to Minimum Office Price Rules Can Cripple Co-ops"; NRECA G&T Legal Seminar, November 2012


Mining and Natural Resources





The George Washington University,

J.D., 1996

Hampton University,

B.A., cum laude, 1992


District of Columbia


US Ct Appeals, DC Circuit

US Ct Appeals, 3rd Circuit (Covers DE, NJ, PA, Virgin Islands)


American Association of Blacks in Energy

Secretary, D.C. Chapter, 2017

Electric Cooperative Bar Association

Board member, 2016-Present

Energy Bar Association

Past President, 2013-2014

Board Member, 2007-2016

American Bar Association

Energy Bar Association Delegate

Women's Bar Association of D.C.

Energy Forum Founding Co-Chair


Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" for Energy Law, 2012-2015; 2017-Present

Listed in "Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers" for Energy and Natural Resources, 2012-Present

Recognized in Chambers USA, 2010-Present


Thompson Coburn LLP

Partner, 2016-Present

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Partner, 2001-2016

Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand

Associate, 1998-2001

Van Ness Feldman

Associate, 1997-1998

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Energy Attorney Advisor/Law Clerk to Administrative Law Judges, 1996-1997


Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Pro bono counsel to litigants before the Social Security Administration

Captain, Komen Race for the Cure team, 2001-Present